2008-02-16 / Editorials & Letters

Voters urged to join LU-T's education heritage

Editor:

For more than a half century, I have been a student and teacher/coach in the LU Schools. I was in the first seventh grade class to enter the new junior/senior high school at 600 Washington Street. It was a proud moment for students, staff, taxpayers, and the entire community.

That 1955 building is currently our middle school. It has had a good run and served us well.

A separate middle school will keep middle school students out of the high school. Research demonstrates the advantages of keeping middle school- age students among their peers during the school day.

Renovations are scheduled for the current high school. Twenty years have exposed the need to upgrade to meet the demands of twenty-first century education facilities. Academic areas require upgrading and storage has always been an issue.

The state will furnish 60% of the funds for the renovations and new construction. Our 40% match depends on Issue 7.

Following the roll backs and the payoff of the high school bonds in 2009, Issue 7 would cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $3.50 a month. Seniors who qualify for the expanded valuation exemption would pay even less.

It's now our turn to accept over 17 million state dollars to keep LU-T's school facilities among the very best and keep our students competitive in the future's market place.

I encourage you to support Issue 7. Be part of LU-T's education heritage. Jim N. Reed Baltimore

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